Global Business Management Instructors
Franz Kolb is the director of International Trade, Diplomacy and Protocol for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (known as Go Utah). He organizes trade missions for governors and lieutenant governors and hosts hundreds of business delegations and foreign dignitaries annually.
Kolb has assisted more than 3,000 companies in their international expansion efforts through individual consultations throughout his stint at Go Utah. His career began in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied international business. When he came to the U.S., he worked as a director for the international services team at Ernest & Young LLP.
Following his Ernst & Young experience, Kolb was appointed as the deputy director for Utah’s International Business Development office, where he was in charge of fostering relationships between the state of Utah and Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India.
He has received numerous decorations and knighthoods from Germany, Hungary, Austria, and Portugal. Kolb has been honored with lifetime achievement awards from the World Trade Association of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.
Kolb and his wife have three children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys his family, marathon running, reading, family history and learning about other cultures.
Lee A. Wright
Mr. Wright is a member of the International and Corporate sections at Kirton McConkie law firm. His practice focuses on franchising, licensing, manufacturing, and distribution, including disclosure and compliance. He also assists with foreign business transactions, foreign leases on property purchases, foreign independent contracts or employment relationships, he deals with foreign governments, locates and manages foreign legal counsel, and handles overseas litigation.
Mr. Wright is a specialist in domestic and international legal data privacy issues, having been certified as a CIPP/US privacy professional. He is recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite for International law and as a Mountain States Super Lawyer Rising Star for franchising.
Joseph R. Brubaker
Mr. Brubaker assists companies in taking products, services, intellectual property, and businesses globally. With extensive regulatory and litigation experience with governments worldwide, he helps U.S. companies successfully expand internationally and helps foreign companies invest in the U.S. market. Mr. Brubaker has lived in England, France, Israel, Mongolia, and Russia, and his experience includes matters relating to over 100 countries. He currently serves on the Board of the World Trade Center Utah, on the Utah District Export Council, on the Utah Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and as chair of the International Section of the Utah Bar. Mr. Brubaker received his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of Utah, his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, and his Master of Laws from Cambridge University.
Stan Rees has worked in international business for 41 years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1969 and later his Masters degree in international business management from Thunderbird in Arizona in 1976, he joined the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center. He worked 30 years mostly in Salt Lake City with a couple of years in the Honolulu office providing export assistance, and counseling to U.S. companies. He served as Trade Specialist for 21 years then as Director for 9 years. During this time Stan served on the board of directors and as President of the World Trade Association of Utah. In 1993 was chosen as International Person of the Year by the World Trade Association of Utah. After retiring from the Department of Commerce in 2006, he joined Salt Lake Community College to form the Global Business Center and developed the Executive Certificate of Global Business Management course. Stan has since retired from Salt Lake Community College but continues teaching a section of the Global Business Management course.
Al Manbeian, Co-Chair and founding member of GPS Capital Markets, Inc., has worked in the international business arena for more than 25 years. While at GPS, he has served as the firm’s President, CFO, and head of its risk and credit committees. His firm has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in its region and for having best practices in its industry. Al has a wealth of experience in various facets of international banking, such as currency & derivative risk management, global treasury processes, and trade finance. Al speaks to these topics at various industry and academic forums throughout the country.
Before founding GPS, Al was the vice president and trade products manager at First Security Bank for seven years, leading credit services, operations, business development and client management. While at First Security Bank, Al managed $2 billion in correspondent bank foreign exchange credit facilities, developed a $150 million international credit portfolio.
Al holds a Master of Business Administration with highest honors from Brigham Young University (BYU), and a Bachelor of Science in International Finance from the same institution. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hale Centre Theatre and is on the advisory board of BYU’s Global Management Center. He is also an adjunct instructor at Salt Lake Community College. In addition, Al was recognized as a finalized in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year program.
Lisa McPhie Sagers
Lisa McPhie Sagers has worked in the transportation business for over 40 years. She has served in many areas in the transportation business, and even though she is now retired she still continues to lecture, consult and offer free advice on the occasional shipment.
Lisa is currently serving on the Utah District Export Council and has held every position in the World Trade Association, including being the second woman president in 1990. Lisa still serves on the Board of the World Trade Association. She has been instrumental in starting the WTA Golf tournament that raises money for scholarships for international business students. The World Trade Association awarded the International Person of the Year Lisa in 1993. This year she was awarded the Life Time Achievement award at the WTA’s 50th year celebration.
Before retirement Lisa worked as the Director of Operations at Air & Sea International. She currently teaches for SLCC in the Global Business Management course.
Lisa lives in Fruitland, UT with her husband, the love of her life, Jerry. She is the mother to 8 children and has 18 grandchildren. Besides her family he and Jerry have two adorable crazy AussieDoodles, Toby named after her cardiologist and Tabby named after the beautiful mountain that Lisa loves so dearly. She enjoys fishing, camping and spending time with her family.
Alex Guzman is a native of Guatemala with 30+ years of experience in marketing, advertising, promotion, research and analysis, corporate strategy, brand management and mass media. He has a passion for marketing, rich international experience and strong brand management skills.
Alex studied Business Administration in Guatemala; an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing, from Chile; and post grade studies in Strategic Communications in Spain; Marketing Research and Analysis in Costa Rica; Media Marketing and Communication in Colombia, Sports Marketing and Merchandising in France; and Marketing, Customer Service and Business Development in various cities in the United States.
Alex served as Regional Account Manager for Leo Burnett managing international accounts such as Shell, United Airlines, Johnnie Walker, Ray-O-Vac and Kellogg’s in Central America. While in that capacity, he also worked in Chicago developing strategic plans and tactical strategies for major brands. Additionally, he was a professor of Marketing, Business Administration and Sales at the Galileo University in Guatemala, where he was recognized for Outstanding Academic Excellence as a faculty member. Alex also served as the Chief Marketing Officer for the most important newspaper in Guatemala and Central America, Prensa Libre for six years. His promotional savvy earned him international recognition.
In his role as President & CEO of The Marketing Factory & The Hispanic Marketing Factory, Alex blends his multicultural experience with a talent for developing, creating and implementing marketing communications that emotionally and culturally resonate with the U.S. Hispanic population across the nation. Clients represented in the U.S. markets includes: Zions Bank, Utah Highway Safety Office, Utah Highway Patrol, Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services Division, Amegy Bank of Texas, EmblemHealth in Manhattan - NY, Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Long Island, NY; and other national brands like Cigna, Coventry, Aetna, AARP, VSP, Enrollment USA and Familia USA, USHCC and many others across various B2C and B2B categories.
He also is doing international trade, importing produce from Mexico, and Spain. Also is about to start an exporting business (Produce and tropical fruits) from Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica to Europe.
During his service as President & CEO of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he developed and increase partnerships and support from corporate sponsors to transfer them into tangible services/benefits and business education programs to the Hispanic business community in Utah, creating the UHCC Business Academy in partnership with several Tech Colleges and Universities state-wide.